Australia's Central Bank Keeps Currency Intervention as Option

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

By James Glynn SYDNEY--Australia's central bank Gov. Glenn Stevens said intervention in currency markets to help drive the Aussie dollar lower remained a real option. Speaking to a parliamentary committee Wednesday, Mr. Stevens also said that the chance of a ...

Argentina Moves to Pay Exchange Bondholders

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

BUENOS AIRES--Argentine President Cristina Kirchner said Tuesday night that her administration will seek congressional approval to make payments on its international bonds in Argentina after a creditor dispute in U.S. courts led the country to default on some of its ...

RBA Keeps Currency Intervention as Option

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

SYDNEY--Australia's central bank Gov. Glenn Stevens said intervention in currency markets to help drive the Aussie dollar lower remained a real option. Speaking to a parliamentary committee Wednesday, Mr. Stevens also said that the chance of a significant drop in ...

Japan Exports Log Modest Rise in July

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

TOKYO--Japan's exports rose in July for the first time in three months, but imports were unexpectedly robust, leading to a larger-than-expected deficit amid a gradual pickup in global economic growth. Both the government and the Bank of Japan are keeping ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Extend Gains After Housing Starts

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By William Watts and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures hit new premarket highs after a stronger-than-expected jump in July housing starts, adding to upside momentum sparked by a stronger tone in Europe and positive earnings. ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Fails To Hold Strength In Wake Of U.S. Data

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By Hiroyuki Kachi The dollar was almost flat against the yen in Asia Tuesday, with the greenback unable to extend overnight strength in the wake of better-than-expected U.S. housing data. The dollar (USDJPY) rose to Yen102.60 from Yen102.56 late Monday ...

CURRENCIES: U.S. Dollar Index Climbs To 11-month High

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By Ben Eisen, MarketWatch , Hiroyuki Kachi NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- A widely-watched U.S. dollar index was on track to close at its highest level in nearly a year on Tuesday as the greenback mounted a tepid climb against its ...

BOND REPORT: Treasurys Rise After CPI, Housing Data

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By Ben Eisen, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Treasury prices climbed Tuesday after U.S. economic data showed benign inflation and a surge in housing starts, lending support to the Federal Reserve's low-rate policies. The 10-year Treasury note (10_YEAR) yield, which ...

Crude-Oil Futures Bounce in Europe

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By Francesca Freeman Crude-oil futures rose in Europe Tuesday, bouncing after the previous session's slump. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in September traded at $96.70 a barrel in morning European trade, up $0.29 ...

Euro Zone's Current Account Surplus Narrows

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

FRANKFURT--The euro zone's current account surplus narrowed in June, according to data published Tuesday by the European Central Bank. The current account balance, a broad measure of an economy's international financial position, was in a surplus of EUR13.1 billion in ...

Consumer Prices Rose 0.1% in July--Update

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By Nick Timiraos WASHINGTON--Consumer prices advanced in July at their slowest pace since February, a sign of muted inflation pressure that could give the Federal Reserve more flexibility as it considers how much longer to keep short-term interest rates near ...

U.S. Business Inventories-Historical

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

Seasonally adjusted inventories and sales in millions of dollars. R denotes revision. Source: U.S. Commerce Department. -TOTAL INVENTORIES- -BUSINESS SALES- -INVTY/ Mo Ago Yr Ago Mo Ago Yr Ago SALES- Level % chg % chg : Level % chg % ...

U.S. Industrial Production-Historical

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

Changes in percent from prior month, except where noted. R denotes revised. M-O-M denotes month on month. Y-O-Y denotes year over year. Source: U.S. Federal Reserve. Total Index Manufacturing Index M-O-M Y-O-Y M-O-M Y-O-Y % Cap Utilization Month Level % ...

Oil Futures Skid Ahead of Expiration, Storage Data

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By Nicole Friedman NEW YORK--U.S. oil futures slid below $95 a barrel for the first time since January as high global supplies continued to weigh on the market and traders closed positions ahead of the front-month contract's expiration. Light, sweet ...

Argentina's Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.5%

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By Taos Turner BUENOS AIRES--Argentina's unemployment rate rose to 7.5% in the second quarter as the country's recession appeared to worsen and more companies laid off workers. The jobless rate, published by the government on Tuesday, is up from 7.1% ...

Oil Futures Recover Slightly After Sharp Losses

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

By Eric Yep Crude-oil futures were slightly higher in Asian trade Tuesday but markets failed to fully recover from sharp overnight losses with Brent still trading near 14-month lows. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for ...

Australia RBA Warns of Significant Uncertainty Ahead

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 19, 2014

SYDNEY--Australia's central bank said there was a significant degree of uncertainty about the economic outlook as growth slows due to a fading mining-investment boom and a stubbornly high exchange rate. In minutes of its Aug. 5 policy meeting, the Reserve ...